WESTBOROUGH – A teacher and longtime fan of Westborough Connects will be heading to Houston this weekend to take part in an Ironman competition.
Stephanie Garrett, who has taught at Mill Pond Elementary School for 22 years, will swim for 2.4 miles, bike for 112 miles, then run a full 26.2-mile marathon.
Garrett, who is doing her ninth Ironman, is soliciting donations for Westborough Connects.
“I always think if I had grown up in a town like Westborough with an organization like Westborough Connects, I would not have felt so isolated and alone while my mother was battling mental illness,” said Garrett.
“Life is all about the ripple effects. We lean on others through difficult times; we seek out resources; we gain strength when we know we are not alone; we feel hope when we know we are heard; we need connections in our communities now more than ever,” said Garrett. “In fact, as our world seems to be more polarized and fragmented, I draw upon Mr. Rogers’ famous quote, ‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
“In our Westborough community, there are helpers who need our help. Westborough Connects is a community connector, connecting people of opposing views, religions, genders, ages, demographics, and much more to give us all hope… They are the helpers Mr. Rogers so eloquently referred to.”
To donate to Garrett’s cause, visit her GoFundMe.